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Michael Ellis on Corrections
for "Look Away" while Heeling

This 4 minute video is of Michael Ellis explaining the theory of when to layer in corrections for "Looking Away" in the training process for competition heeling. Leerburg has produced a 4 hour training DVD with Michael titled Focused HeeIing with Michael Ellis.

February 10, 2011 | 3 Minutes, 59 Seconds


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Have a Question on Dog Training?

Have you checked the Leerburg Discussion Board? It is one of the most active dog web boards on the internet. The Leerburg Web Board has over 16,500 Members with over 165 forums and 269,000 posts in its archives. The web board also has an excellent search engine that only searches the web board's 293,000 posts.

 

Featured Question & Answers

Question: My dog has been showing signs of aggression and recently bit my cousin in the face. I'm not sure if I should be giving her away or putting her to sleep. What are your thoughts?

Hello Ed,

I have done a ton of reading on fear-based dog aggression and I think I have a problem. I have a ten month old Australian Shepherd. I have socialized her since the day I brought her home at ten weeks old. This means I have brought her on shopping trips, numerous walks, to our local dog park, and around every family member and friend that I could. I know the importance of socialization as a puppy and did my best to socialize her well. One thing I did not take into account is the fact that when my boyfriend and I met with Annabelle's breeders she had us meet the bitch and stud as well as the puppies. At that time the bitch bit my boyfriend on the arm. She credited to protecting the puppies.

Around Six months Annie, became exceedingly shy. Hiding from people she'd previously met under tables or by my side. Treats couldn't coax her to them, even fresh bacon. I became concerned but didn't see any signs of aggression so everything I read said that it was her socialization. So I tried socializing her more. Nothing helped.

Just before this last Christmas I had my fourteen year old cousin over, at that time I had noticed that she is not fond of men or children, she was timid of women but would warm up to them eventually, and that people around 50+ were generally on her okay list. My cousin fell into the men/children category. She was terrified. I used nearly half a bag of treats trying to get her comfortable with him and after he'd been here for a night she became tolerant of him, but that was all. The second day he was here he was laying on the couch next to me, with Annie at my feet, and all of a sudden she jumped up and bit him in the face. There were two cuts, one about half an inch the other was a quarter of an inch. Both on his face, both bleeding, and both fairly deep. I was mortified.

Since then I've been scared to have people come over. I always have treats at the door for when anyone visits but I'm nervous. She growls at everyone, even my roommates that she loves when they come in the front door. Her hair raises on her back and she bares her teeth. I still take her on walks and I bring a squeaky toy to distract her if we see someone, which usually works.

I don't know what to do though. I just let her outside and there was a neighbor man getting out of his car. She wriggled free of her collar/leash and chased him down, hair on end teeth bared. I live in a very public area. I can't have her biting people.

I've looked into professional training and I can't afford it. I've looked into giving her away and I think it would be best for her (also considering I've had some big changes in my life lately and don't feel like I will be able to give her a good enough life pretty soon), but now I'm wondering, after doing some more reading, if I should be looking at putting her down?

I'm worried, nervous, and very very sad. Any advice or information you can give would be greatly appreciated and any information you need I will readily provide.

Thank you so much,
Sarah

Also, she never shows any sign of aggression to me or my roommates (except when entering the front door), and never shows signs of recognition to people she's met before that do not live with her. She has to get to know them all over again every time she sees them. And she loves other dogs though she is generally pretty tentative of them at first.

Answer:

Giving this dog away (unless it was the right situation) could be disastrous. Most people go about socialization the wrong way and actually make the dog worse. Putting a dog down without trying training first is not what I would recommend either.  She’s only 10 months old.

You can read this to get our definition of socializing.

You’ve made some mistakes in trying to deal with this by using treats to get her in close proximity to people she’s fearful of.

I think you would benefit from watching this 3 part free video on fearful dogs & puppies.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Dogs like yours need to feel protected from people and situations that make them nervous. This all boils down to pack structure and leadership.  It may be that she has a genetic issue in which case she will always be fearful, but you can teach her that you won’t let anyone put her in a position she needs to defend herself.

Start with our groundwork program and Pack Structure for the Family Pet DVD.

Dealing with Dominant & Aggressive Dogs DVD

If you need to teach her to wear a muzzle during the training process, we have directions on how to measure the dog for a muzzle.

We also have a number of eBooks, which include topics that may help you. 

Control this dog at all times and don’t let people get in her “bubble.”  Have rock solid obedience in place and make sure that she knows you are confident and self assured.  If you act nervous and worried, it will transmit to her and make things worse.

Don’t let people talk to her, pet her or even look at her.  I tell people to ignore my dogs because they are “in training.”

For future questions, you might benefit from learning to use our SEARCH function, which is located in the top left corner of every page of the website.  If you type in your key words or question it will find you articles, Q&As, free streaming video and links to threads on our discussion forum.  Our website has over 16,000 pages and it’s very likely you’ll find the information you are looking for.  I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Dog Aggression.

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Question: My 18 week puppy loves to chew shoes and especially boots. I have some ideas, but I don't know if I would be setting him up for failure? I would love to know your thoughts.

My 18 week (Chinook) puppy loves to chew shoes and especially boots. We have a boot matt near the front door and he will often try to grab one and run off to play with it. He never has a hold on one for more than a few seconds as I always make him drop it and distract him with something else but I am wondering if I were to give him an old pair of boots as his toy would I be able to teach him to distinguish that these are his and the rest are mine and off limits or should I keep it black and white and make all shoes off limits no matter what? He destroys soft toys and I am constantly buying him more I was thinking a pair of leather boots would be something that could actually hold up for more than a week but I don't know if I would be setting him up for failure? I would love to know your thoughts.

Thanks
Jeff

Answer:

You would be setting him up for failure.

This puppy needs structure and leadership. Why is he in a position to be able to make the choice to take a shoe? I don't allow untrained puppies to have the freedom to practice behaviors like this. it will only become harder to break if it becomes a habit.

I'd read the article Ed wrote on The Groundwork to Becoming your Puppy's Pack Leader.
Your Puppy 8 weeks to 8 Months
Pack Structure for the Family Pet

We use a leash and an exercise pen to control our puppies movements in the home. We provide safe and appropriate toys and limit access to the things the pup shouldn't have.

We have a section of toys on our website that may be helpful.

For future questions, you might benefit from learning to use our SEARCH function, which is located in the top left corner of every page of the website. If you type in your key words or question it will find you articles, Q&As, free streaming video and links to threads on our discussion forum. Our website has over 16,000 pages and it's very likely you'll find the information you are looking for. I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our Q&A on Biting.

 

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Dear Cindy,

Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the agility video included in today's newsletter. Your sister appears to be doing very well with her dog. The handler in the wheelchair has such a rapport with his dog, it was amazing. 

We do agility with our German Shepherd. At last year's trial, there was a handler who has Parkinson's with a Border Collie. He, too, had a wonderful connection with his dog and did a great job. After he finished, all the other handlers and the spectators gave him a standing ovation. 

Agility is such fun. Good exercise, physical and mental, for both dog and handler. Thank you for sharing the video. 

Patricia
Chicago


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